“Crete trustees reject detention center plan” @ WBEZ

Posted on June 12, 2012

Chip Mitchell — June 11, 2012: “Updated with reactions from ICE and an immigrant advocate June 12 at 4:47 p.m.

After months of rancor among its leaders and residents, a Chicago suburb has rejected a plan by the country’s largest private prison operator to build and operate an immigrant detention center.

A unanimous voice vote of Crete’s six trustees Monday night ended village negotiations with Nashville-based Corrections Corporation of America. The vote came just hours after an unsuccessful negotiating session between Crete and CCA officials. Village President Michael Einhorn said the vote blocks the project “as of now.”

The decision thrilled residents who have campaigned against the plan since last fall. “When lots of little people get together, it’s possible that the big guns will listen,” said Marimonica Murray, a leader of the group Concerned Citizens of Crete, which led opposition to the detention center………………………………”

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